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Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos

scaled-5863 Garmin has just announced the Fenix Chronos, an amazingly elegant smartwatch with all the features of their standard GPS exercise watches – the Vivoactve, for example – with a case and aesthetic that would be at home in a fine watch shop. That’s right: this is the first fancy smartwatch that you could wear in the boardroom, bedroom, and gym. Oh, and it costs $1,499.99 for… Read More
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John Biggs

August 25th

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Anglr is Fitbit for fishing

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 9.26.23 AM As an avid non-fisher it’s hard for me to quite grasp the depths of depravity associated with a fishing trip. Waking up at 4am? Swinging a pole at some water? Drinking beers all morning in a hot boat? Catching and eating a squirming live thing? Not for me. The folks at Anglr want to change my mind. Their product, the Anglr Tracker, is an activity tracker for fishing. You attach it to… Read More
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John Biggs

August 25th

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It’s time to strap on your Skeletonized Androgyne Royale

MR_Androgyne Royale Steel_b Something meets boy, and something meets girl and they both look the same and they’re overjoyed in this world. But how much more overjoyed would the be if they could on a Skeletonized Androgyne Royale from Manufacture Royale? This wild watch costs a mere $61,000 and might be good for your father but not for your dad. What is this monster, exactly? Basically it is a… Read More

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John Biggs

August 23rd

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Roll your own business cards with this 3D-printed embosser

five-emobsser While we all know the best business cards are printed on bone paper with lettering in Silian Rail, the second best business cards are the ones you roll yourself right in front of your intended recipient. This wild 3D printed card roller lets you do just that. Built by maker Paul Myers, the embosser rolls paper between two 3D-printed tubes to press a design onto the card. You can take a look… Read More

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John Biggs

August 22nd

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New lithium metal tech can create ultralight car batteries and thinner phones

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.23.45 PM Soon cars, drones, phones, and almost anything with a battery are about to get a boost from a new MIT spin-out, SolidEnergy Systems. The company promises to double the battery life of basic lithium ion batteries and will also offer smaller batteries with the power of bigger cells. Why is this technology important? Because it is better than current battery tech and can maintain a energy density… Read More

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John Biggs

August 19th

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New lithium metal tech can create ultralight car batteries and thinner phones

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.23.45 PM Soon cars, drones, phones, and almost anything with a battery are about to get a boost from a new MIT spin-out, SolidEnergy Systems. The company promises to double the battery life of basic lithium ion batteries and will also offer smaller batteries with the power of bigger cells. Why is this technology important? Because it is better than current battery tech and can maintain a energy density… Read More

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John Biggs

August 19th

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The Megaprocessor is an awe-inspiring multi-ton CPU project

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Ev: 6.71 What did you do this summer? A few outdoor concerts, maybe some grilling. But did you complete a room-sized 40,000 transistor CPU made entirely by hand? Didn’t think so. James Newman wanted to create a CPU that students could use to learn about computing. He realized he needed to use transistors, but instead of embedding thousands of them into a chunk of silicon, he hand-wired… Read More

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John Biggs

August 19th

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GOAT legs will let future robots handle rough terrain with ease

MjgwMDkyMg A Master’s Thesis by CMU’s Simon Kalouche posits a new form of robotic leg, one designed for maximum range of motion and, more importantly, an easily control method for force reduction. In other words, this is the kind of leg you want on your robot when you send it to Mars. GOAT stands for Gearless Omni-directional Acceleration-vectoring Topology and uses a single motor and… Read More

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John Biggs

August 17th

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Watch manufacturer Sinn loses its mind with a hybrid mechanical/Apple Watch band

Sinn-Dual-Strap-System-3 As we approach the coming mechanical watch apocalypse strange things will begin happening. Dogs and cats shall live together. Beloved watch brands shall buy each other for no good reason. And storied and historical watchmakers will bow to the will of Cupertino. Behold, then the first horseman: it’s called the Sinn Dual Strap System and it consists of two strap halves. On one half you… Read More

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John Biggs

August 15th

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The Onion Omega2 lets you add Linux to your hardware projects

6c15c56111eae091b957a1640ea8e56e_original Need a tiny, $5 computer to build a robot that will bring you your slippers, initiate a massage chair session, and pour out your daily dose of bourbon? The Onion Omega2 can do all that and more. This tiny board is Arduino-compatible but also runs Linux natively. This means you can plug it in and get a command line or access the system via a desktop-like web interface. It has Wi-Fi built in and… Read More

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John Biggs

August 13th

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